To Horace Mann
consolation from a thousand people whom one don't love, because one has lost the only person one did love. This is a new situation, and I don't like it.
You will see the Eegency in the newspapers. I think the Prince might have been of it when my Lord Gower is. I don't think the latter more Jacobite than his Eoyal Highness.
The Prince is to come to town every Sunday fortnight to hold Drawing-rooms; the Princesses stay all the summer at St. James's—would I did! but I go in three weeks to Norfolk; the only place that could make me wish to live at St. James's. My Lord has pressed me so much, that I could not with decency refuse: he is going to furnish and hang his picture-gallery, and wants me. I can't help wishing that I had never known a Guido from a Teniers: but who could ever suspect any connection between painting and the wilds of Norfolk ?
Princess Louisa's contract with the Prince of Denmark was signed the morning before the King went; but I don't hear when she goes. Poor Caroline misses her man of Ltibeck1, by his missing the Crown of Sweden.
I must tell you an odd thing that happened yesterday at Leicester House. The Prince's children were in the circle : Lady Augusta2 heard somebody call Sir Eobert Eich by his name. She concluded there was but one Sir Eobert in the world, and taking him for Lord Orford, the child went staring up to him, and said, 'Pray, where is your blue string3? and pray what has become of your fat belly?' Did one ever hear of a more royal education, than to have
LETTEK 115. —x Adolplms Frederick of Holstein, Bishop of Liibeck, was elected successor, and did succeed to the Crown of Sweden. He married the Princess LouisaUlrica, of Prussia. Walpole.
2 Princess Augusta (1737-1813),
eldest daughter of Frederick, Prince of Wales; m. (1764) Charles William Ferdinand, Hereditary Prince (afterwards Duke) of Brunswick-Wolfen-Mttel. 3 The ribbon of the Garter.